San Diego Mesa College and San Diego History Center collaborate for 10 Fashion Redux 2021 on April 16. This year they are presenting a virtual event featuring the top four designs from Mesa College’s draping classes.
The theme of this eye-catching event is “uniforms,” which are an important part of the Historical Center collection especially with the military presence in San Diego. Students view four uniforms handpicked by collections specialists in the Historical Center’s historic clothing collection. Students come up with a new contemporary design inspired by this Uniform.
The evening began with Sheila Thomas as host of the History Center. He said there would be a version of the exhibit which could be viewed by going to the History’s Center website. The digital exhibition will feature four uniforms from the Historical Center and four winning designs from students.
Thomas introduced the assistant professor of fashion, Jordyn Smiley, who gave a great presentation on the history of uniforms. Smiley talks about the many designers who create uniform-inspired fashions. Some examples given are Jean Paul Gaultier and Sacai who are inspired by military uniforms, Dior and Gucci who are inspired by school uniforms, and Moschino, Max Mara, Miu Miu, and Tommy Jeans who are inspired by fast food and sports.
Stella McCartney designed the British uniform for the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics games and Howard Greer, Dior and Zac Posen created a fashion inspired by airline uniforms.
Collection specialist Lelani Alontage Caithness provides detailed information on the four uniforms used this year for Fashion Redux. Jeremy Prince, a collection specialist gives good news that the exhibition will be visible in person at the Historical Center in mid-June and throughout the summer.
Viewers can ask questions of this year’s winners. Awards awarded: Best Design Translation for Yewon Shin, Most Innovative Design for Melanie Ngo, Most Wearable Design for Eli Andrade, and Most Changing Design for Ramses Alfaro Mendoza.
All spectators can vote for their favorite designer and the People’s Choice Award goes to Ngo. Designers will receive a one-year membership to the History Center and a gift certificate for Sewing Machine Plus. To see this exhibition, open it Sandiegohistory.org. For more information on the two-year fashion program at San Diego Mesa College, visit sdmesa.edu/academics/academic-programs/fashion.shtml.
May 21 – 40th annual Golden Scissors Fashion Show and Awards. More information will come at @sdmesafashion.
May 22 – Ugochi Iwuaba Charity Runway at The Inn, Rancho Santa Fe from 4-6pm. Donations will be sent to R. Roger School for classes with children with disabilities. For more information, visit https://bit.ly/2RVgU7P.
23 May – Bridal Bazaar-Bridal Expo and Wedding Expo from 09.30-16.00 at Del Mar Fairgrounds. Free advance tickets at BridalBazaar.com.
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